Archive for February, 2010

Coming Soon: Spring and a New Release

Here in southwest Wisconsin there is still a heavy layer of snow on the ground with a significant likelihood that more snow will fall before the daffodils bloom. However, there are subtle hints that there will someday be a thaw — birds are singing again, we had 4 days in a row with temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and a new version of ERMes is in the works.

While I cannot predict exactly when spring will come, I can say with more certainty that we hope to send forth a new version of ERMes by the time the snow melts.

Here is a short list of what’s has been done or is in progress:

The Biggest Thing

Thanks to our colleague, Jen Holman, the biggest enhancement that we are working on is a user-side A-Z list! Before SFX, Jen taught herself ASP [wow!] so that she could generate a periodicals holdings list for Murphy Library. Last year, Jen created code for an A-Z list that we used as a back-up for our LibData-generated A-Z list.

Now, she has graciously agreed to upgrade her skills to ASP.NET and help turn this back-up A-Z list into our primary A-Z list. In the meantime, William and I are creating more data entry fields, reports, and updating the documentation.

New Reports

  1. List by Subscription Status
  2. Databases by Subject
  3. Count by Database Type

A Few of the New Data Entry Fields

  1. Database Description
  2. Database Type (e.g. Full Text, Index and Abstracts, etc.)
  3. Database Full Text Counts by Type (e.g. Scholarly, Magazines, etc.)
  4. Contract Start, Contract End, and Invoice Number

In the coming weeks, we’ll be asking ERMes users to rank other enhancement ideas, but in the meantime, please tell us what’s on your ERMes wish list.

What would like ERMes to do? What little or big tweak would make your e-resource management world just a little bit brighter?


ERMes Website

Download the latest version of ERMes, get instructions, etc. http://murphylibrary.uwlax.edu/erm/

Author Affiliations

Galadriel Chilton, Electronic Resources Management Librarian, University of Connecticut

William Doering, Systems, Catalog & Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Norma J. Dowell, Library Assistant IV, Iowa State University

Jen Holman, Periodicals & Acquisitions Librarian, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Anna Hulseberg, Academic Librarian, Gustavus Adolphus College

ERMes Users

Alverno College Library

Baker College

Beloit College

Bethel University

Birmingham City University

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health

Capella University

Cardinal Stritch University

Carleton College

Carroll University

Deerfield Academy

Drake University

Florida Institute of Technology

Georgia Perimeter College

Gustavus Adolphus College

Harrisburg Area Community College

Illinois Wesleyan University

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Iowa State University

Irish Research eLibrary

Lincoln University (Lincoln, New Zealand)

Loyola University Health Science Library

Manhattanville College

Monterey Peninsula College

National Science Foundation

Nicolet Area Technical College

Northern Michigan University

Northwestern College

Oakton Community College

Presbyterian College

Ripon College

Rivier College

St. Norbert College

Southwestern College

Springfield College

SUNY-Rockland Community College

Technical University of Denmark

University of Alabama in Huntsville

University of Idaho

University of the Pacific - Stockton

University of Wisconsin-Colleges

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Viterbo University

Walden University

Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds

ERMes Articles & Presentations

Presentation: The ERMes Story: A Work in Progress (Galadriel Chilton) part of Open to Change: Open Source and Next Generation ILS and ERMS
ALA Annual, Washington, DC, June 2010

Presentation: The ERMes Story: A Work in Progress (Galadriel Chilton)
Minnesota Innovative Users Group Conference, October 2009

Article: ERMes: Open Source Simplicity for Your E-Resource Management By William Doering and Galadriel Chilton
Computers in Libraries 29(8), September 2009

Presentation: Keeping It All Together: One Library's Strategy for Electronic Resource Management (William Doering)
WAAL, April 2009

Presentation: Getting a Handle on E-Resource Management: An ERM Panel (Galadriel Chilton)
Library Technology Conference 2009, March 2009

Article: A Locally Created ERM: How and Why We Did It By William Doering and Galadriel Chilton
Computers in Libraries 28(8), September 2008

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